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Famous Artists and the Pets Who Inspired Their Success

January 29, 2021

Did you know many famous artists were as equally obsessed with their furry counterparts!? It seems like you must have a pet to increase your chance to be more successful in life!

Andy Warhol 

Andy Warhol was obsessed with his Dachshund Archie. Archie accompanied Andy everywhere: his interviews, his studio sessions, out to fancy parties. He was even the subject of many of the artist’s pieces in a 1976 exhibition that centered around cats and dogs.

Edvard Munch

Painter of The Scream, Munch also had many terriers who brought him great joy and inspired some of his works including Head of Dog (1930).

Emily Carr

Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr had tons of furry friends including parrots, chipmunks, a raccoon, white rats, cats, dogs, and a monkey named Woo. She even wrote about raising Old English sheepdogs and how affection and loyal they were.

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingways is best known for his love of polydactyls, six-toed cats whom he let roam freely, eat cases of salmon, and sometimes drink the occasional whiskey. His cats were everything to him.

Frida Kahlo

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo created over 50 self-portrait paintings that featured her beloved animals. Her pets included an Amazon parrot named Bonito, a fawn named Granizo, an eagle named Gertrudis Caca Blanca, various parakeets, macaws, hens, a sparrow, and Xoloitzcuintle, which are Mexican hairless dogs, and she loved them all dearly.

Georgia O’Keeffe

O’Keeffe was particularly passionate about her Chows, and had six over the course of her lifetime. They are in many of the photographs taken of the successful painter.

Henri Matisse

Matisse was obsessed with his cats Minouche and Coussi, as well as his black cat la Puce (the Flea). He would feed them brioche and paint from his bed with his four-legged friends by his side as he aged.

Norman Rockwell

Rockwell was an American painter and illustrator, and also dog aficionado. His paintings placed puppers at the forefront of the American home, and he even had many of his own including Pitter.

Pablo Picasso – Picasso’s most famous dog was Lump, an adorable Dachshund whom the artist took everywhere.

Salvador Dalí – Dalí was known for his eccentric personality, so it’s no surprise his pets consisted of Ocelots, also known as dwarf leopards. He loved his ocelots, Babou and Bouba, and even brought them to restaurants on occasion.

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Famous Artists and the Pets Who Inspired Their Success
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